City to Sea Tour

CSK's most Adventurous tour

New or old to kayaking, this full-day trip offers an enjoyable sea kayaking experience down
the City's Avon River, across the Avon Estuary and finishing at the Pacific Ocean mouth.

Starting within Christchurch City (South Island's largest City) you will meander your way down the beautiful local Avon River in sea kayaks, traveling east through the 'Red Zone suburbs' (devastated by the 2011 Earthquake) where Nature is reclaiming the land.  The trip will pass across the Avon Estuary, full of local and migrating birds. The final section of the tour finishes at Monck's Bay with an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean. This tour finishes within the estuary before reaching the sea.


With two breaks to stretch the legs and have lunch along the way, this is an enjoyable sea kayak tour for all.


All tour participants must provide their own transportation to the City to Sea starting point.  Transportation will be provided to return you to the starting point after the tour has concluded.

Where do I meet my guide? 

You will meet at the tour's starting point at the Margaret Mahy Playground in downtown Christchurch. Please come prepared to get directly on the river, as your guide, sea kayaking gear, and kayaks will be waiting for you to get started.


Assemble on the grass at the Margaret Mahy Playground by the jetty at the river. You can use this address for google maps reference - 

Christchurch Sea Kayaking, 177 Armagh St, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand


How long does the tour last?

Duration: 6 hours

Trips start promptly at 9:30am.

Time includes start brief, two breaks, pack up and return travel time.

If you will be arriving late, call us asap - 027 448 3696.

How do I pay?

Pay your guide at the start of your trip with cash or card

What should I bring?

  • Camera

  • A sense of adventure and exploration

  • Footwear for potential to get wet. (no bare feet sorry)

  • Water bottle

  • Food for lunch and snacks

  • Appropriate clothes to protect you from the sun and/or the cold

  • Sunscreen

We will provide the gear you need for the sea kayaking trip - including a spray jacket and dry bags for your personal items.  We can also provide footwear, and clothing if arranged in advance (please call or email).


I have my bag, can I bring it with me?

Unfortunately we do not have the facility to store suit cases or back packs. Small bags can be stowed in the kayak compartments.

per person

$160 NZD

Please note - All tours are weather and tide dependent.  

Please read our FAQs, and cancellation policy before booking online.

Gift Vouchers available, request via email

Starting point for City to Sea Tour


027 448 3696

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